Wildfires in US West threaten parched Native American lands

Blazes in Oregón y Washington state were among some 60 large, active wildfires that have destroyed homes and burned through about 1,562 square miles in a dozen mostly Western states, according to the National Interagency Fire Center.

It comes as extremely dry conditions and heat waves tied to climate change have swept the region, making wildfires harder to fight. Climate change has made the American West much warmer and drier in the past 30 years and will continue to make weather more extreme and wildfires more frequent and destructive.

Operations Section Chief Bert Thayer examines a map of the Bootleg Fire, martes, mes de julio 13, 2021, in Chiloquin, Mineral. (AP Photo)

Operations Section Chief Bert Thayer examines a map of the Bootleg Fire, martes, mes de julio 13, 2021, in Chiloquin, Mineral. (AP Photo)

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